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Ens John Francis Ryder

Ens John Francis Ryder

Death 22 Nov 1943
At Sea
Burial Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines
Plot Tablets of the Missing
Memorial ID 56790812 · View Source
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Having actually gone "Missing" on the above date, he was not officially declared by the military as being dead until January 11, 1946.

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Son of Mr. & Mrs. Frank S. Ryder.

John served as a Ensign, on PBY-5A Catalina #8428, VP-52, U.S. Navy during World War II.

He resided in Keene, Cheshire County, New Hampshire prior to the war.

PBY-5A Catalina #8428 took off from Namoai Bay on a night mission against the Japanese shipping on November 22, 1943.

Off New Ireland Island, New Ireland Province, Papua New Guinea they discovered Japanese shipping and attacked. They were hit by ship anti-aircraft fire which caused a fire on their PBY. The pilot, Lieutenant Commander John M. Arbuckle, decided to ditch since they had ordinance on board that he feared would explode if he didn't.

They ditched off the southwest coast of New Ireland, in the Bismarck Archipelago of New Guinea. This PBY was seen burning in the water by observers. 3 of the crew perished in this ditching. The rest of the crew all became POW's of the Japanese.

John "Died While A POW" of the Japanese at Rabaul Pow Camp Rabaul, New Britain 4-152 during the war.

He was awarded the Prisoner Of War Medal and the Purple Heart.

Service # O-157276

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Those who perished from PBY-5A #8428:

Blanchard, Richard ~ AMM1C, RI
Bradbury, Arthur R, Jr ~ AMM2C, OH
Furman, George E ~ ARM2C, SC
Hamilton, William S, Jr ~ ARM1C, PA ~ POW
Kirk, James J ~ AOM1C, PA ~ Executed
Mannon, Paul M ~ AMM2C, MT ~ POW
Morgan, Carl L ~ AMM2C, MD ~ POW
Phillis, Phillip K ~ ENS, KY ~ Executed
Ryder, John F ~ ENS, NH ~ POW
Thompson, Raymond B ~ LTJG, WA ~ POW

Lieutenant Commander John M. Arbuckle, who was from State College, Pennsylvania, became a POW of the Japanese in this crash and was the only survivor of the war from this PBY.

( Bio & Crew Report by: Russ Pickett )

(Crash info submitted by : John Donne)





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  • Added: 8 Aug 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 56790812
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Ens John Francis Ryder (unknown–22 Nov 1943), Find A Grave Memorial no. 56790812, citing Manila American Cemetery and Memorial, Manila, Capital District, National Capital Region, Philippines ; Maintained by CWGC/ABMC (contributor 6) .